Rogers Cup 2014

Fancy a sports-themed city break in Montreal or Toronto?

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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Rogers CupThe Rogers Cup is Canada’s premier tennis tournament, an annual hard-court event that brings together the world’s best from both the WTA and ATP – or, for non-tennis buffs, the women’s and men’s side of the draw. In Montreal and Toronto, this showpiece event presents players with an opportunity to sharpen their skills ahead of the year’s final Grand Slam, at Flushing Meadows in New York, which takes place the following month. The Rogers Cup has been going strong since 1881, making it one of the oldest tournaments in the tennis calendar; in fact, only the hallowed turf of Wimbledon, and the aforementioned US Open, have longer histories than the Canadian event. 

One of nine Masters 1000 events, and with a prize fund in excess of $3 million, the National Bank Rogers Cup is certainly one of the biggest tournaments in the world, and past winners include a veritable who’s who of tennis greats from over the decades: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Agassi, and, on the women’s side, Serena Williams, Justine Henin and Monica Seles. Whether taking in the men’s or women’s event – or a spot of both – you’re guaranteed a fantastic getaway.

 

Rogers Cup: everything you need to know


   

Rogers Cup 2014: setting Rogers Cup 2014: setting

The venues of the Rogers Cup rotate every year; while the women played in Toronto in 2013, and the men in Montreal, this year they switch cities. The world’s best male players will contest for the title at the Rexall Centre in north-west Toronto, a relatively modest-sized site when compared to the Grand Slams but whose centre court boasts an impressive capacity of 10,600. It also happens to be part of the York University complex. The WTA event, meanwhile, is held at the Uniprix Stadium, in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, and can pack 11,700 eager tennis fans within its rafters.

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Rogers Cup 2014: schedule Rogers Cup 2014: schedule

The tournaments run concurrently in early August, though the women’s event gets under way a day earlier, on August 1. Both tournaments conclude with their respective finals, and trophy presentations, on Sunday, August 10. From Monday through until Saturday, there are two sessions per day, with tickets sold as either ‘day’ or ‘night’ sessions; typically, between two and four matches are completed per session, so the schedule is pretty packed! And if your day session matches haven’t sated your desire to witness first-class tennis, you can use your pass to stay in the grounds and take in the action on the other courts. 

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Rogers Cup 2014: ticketing Rogers Cup 2014: ticketing

Tickets for both events can be purchased either online, at rogerscup.com, or by calling the tournament ticket office. Intrepid tennis fans arriving late to the show – perhaps you’re in Montreal or Toronto on holiday and swing by when the mood takes you – can grab tickets from the respective stadium box offices during the tournament itself. The price increases as the tournament progresses of course, and varies according to the stadium tiers. A basic ticket for a session on day one is a mere $20, though you can pick up court-side seats for $150. A berth at the quarter-finals, meanwhile, ranges from $70 to $275, and you can get a good seat at the final for $160.

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Rogers Cup 2014: Montreal Rogers Cup 2014: Montreal

August is a great time to be in Montreal, as this is when many of the city’s summer festivals and events take place. Take advantage of the balmy weather by getting out and exploring what’s on offer. Hit the beach at Île Notre-Dame, wander Old Montreal’s cobbled streets and outdoor squares, and quench your thirst from a pick of watering holes on busy St-Laurent Boulevard downtown. If there are kids in tow, you simply owe it to them to visit the La Ronde Amusement Park, home to one of the world’s largest wooden roller coasters and bordering the city’s famous Grand Prix circuit. Top events around the time of the Rogers Cup include the Montreal Highland Games and the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, held in Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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Rogers Cup 2014: Toronto Rogers Cup 2014: Toronto

It’s hard not to be impressed by Toronto. Canada’s headquarters where the arts is concerned, a haven for shoppers, festival-lovers and hungry foodies, it truly is one of the world’s great modern cities. How you get your kicks here is up to you, but with top attractions including the CN Tower, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the brilliant Wild Water Kingdom Amusement Park, you’re unlikely to be doing the crossword in your accommodation! There are also numerous public squares and shopping centres, such as Dundas Square – Toronto’s answer to NY’s Times Square – or the 3-million square foot ‘super-mall’, the Eaton Centre. Bars, comedy clubs, theatres and art centres are also in abundance.

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